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The Bijou Theatre is proud to present our Imagination Series - offering a field trip experience for students to engage and uplift all learners through quality arts education in ways that spark curiosity, build empathy, and inspire creativity. We hope that your classroom will join us!

2022-2023 Season:

Friday, December 9, 2022

Best for Grades K – 3

This performance features the stage adaptation of three contemporary stories by New York Times bestselling author and illustrator Todd Parr staged by Mermaid Theatre Company. With his signature blend of playfulness and sensitivity, Todd Parr explores important and timely subjects. It’s Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and self-confidence. Equally whimsical and heartfelt, The Earth Book, is a sweet homage to our beautiful planet inspiring readers of all ages to do their part to keep the Earth happy and healthy. This is My Hair is a funny exploration of how silly hair can be and that no matter how your hair looks, always feel good about yourself. Performance Length: 60 minutes – No Intermission. Price: $6/student

9:30AM Doors / 10:00AM Performance

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Best for Grades K – 3

New York Times best-selling author Kwame Alexander brings two of his beloved children’s books—Acoustic Rooster and Indigo Blume—to the stage in a world premiere Kennedy Center commission. Alexander teams up with his writing partner Mary Rand Hess and long-time musical collaborator Randy Preston to tell a story about being scared, being brave, and believing in yourself. With special guests like Duck Ellington and Ms. Dairy Parton—plus Preston appearing as Acoustic Rooster—this musical adaptation will have children dancing in their seats. Performance Length: 60 minutes – No Intermission. Price: $6/student

9:30AM Doors / 10:00AM Performance

Teacher Resources

To enhance your students’ understanding of each performance, we provide guidebooks that offer thematic learning units, lesson plan suggestions, and background information that will help you create classroom and life learning contexts for your students. Each guidebook provides specific production details, artistic insights, and study materials for use before and after each performance.

Ticket Subsidies

The Bijou doesn’t want cost to be a barrier for your students to experience the arts, so we’re offering a limited number of ticket subsidies to schools in need of funding assistance. Subsidy requests can be made when completing the registration form. Please be prepared to supply the percentage of the entire school population who are enrolled in the free & reduced lunch program and a brief narrative explaining your school’s assistance request.

Travel Grants

Schools may apply for assistance with their travel costs when completing the registration form. Please be prepared to supply the percentage of the entire school population who are enrolled in the free & reduced lunch program, the number of buses & estimated cost, and a brief narrative explaining your school’s assistance request. A limited number of travel grants are available to reimburse 50% of your travel costs and will be distributed after the performance and required documentation has been submitted to the Bijou. Travel Grant reimbursement form and receipts are due to the Bijou no later than 30-days following the performance.

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Are you an individual looking to purchase tickets for your family? Tickets to the public family performances for these shows will go on sale in the Fall of 2022.